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post #1 of 23
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So the last time I put together a machine was in 2009 on a $600 budget. I think I'm ready for an upgrade.

My main question is in regards to what CPU I should go with. I've been out of the loop for a couple years now, but from what I can tell, Intel is soon coming out with a new Ivy bridge line, with the Haswell bridge line coming out in 2013. I know I want a Haswell, when that time comes. So would it be a better choice to go with a Sandy bridge CPU now (which I would assume will drop a bit in price with the release of Ivy bridge) and save some money, or go for a newer, supposedly better-performing Ivy bridge CPU?

Motherboard recommendations to go with the CPU would be appreciated as well. I'm wiling to spend $500 to $600 on the CPU and motherboard alone, with a somewhat flexible limit for the total cost of the build. Everything else has been more or less picked out already, coming out to a total of around $710. Oh, and this machine will be used mostly for assorted gaming. Diablo III. <3

I'm not the type who needs the absolute best, as soon as it comes out. And I'm not nearly as technical or "into this" as some on OCN are. But shiny new things still make me want them. D;
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post #2 of 23
Easy. I5 2500k!

Slap a sexy heat sink on it and watch it blow away any game for the next several years. Overclock it to 4.6 - 5.0ghz too thumb.gif

Use the rest of the cash for some nice graphics hardware.
post #3 of 23
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2500k seems very popular on here. tongue.gif
I'm still fairly new to overclocking, is it pretty easy to work with?

Also, are there any heat sinks you like in particular?
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3820+Asrock Extreme 6 thumb.gif
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post #5 of 23
You really expect him to fit an x79 mobo and CPU into a $1300 build without sacrificing on the GPU?
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^facepalm... why do people think that X79 CPU and motherboards cost $9485049749867487489574???

3820- $319
Asrock Extreme6/ASUS P9X79 - $259.

Total $578.

2600k-$324
Average Features Gen 3 Z68 - $165

Total $489.

An $89 difference. OMG Yeah now the GPU he already picked out needs to be thrown out of the door. rolleyes.gif

he said he already picked out all his other parts and it came up to $710. so $578+$710= 1288. And he is set until Broadwell/Skylake.
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^facepalm... why do people think that X79 CPU and motherboards cost $9485049749867487489574???
3820- $319
Asrock Extreme6/ASUS P9X79 - $259.
Total $578.
2600k-$324
Average Features Gen 3 Z68 - $165
Total $489.
An $89 difference. OMG Yeah now the GPU he already picked out needs to be thrown out of the door. rolleyes.gif
he said he already picked out all his other parts and it came up to $710. so $578+$710= 1288. And he is set until Broadwell/Skylake.

Sorry, I didn't notice he selected the other parts. No need to overreact. :lol:
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Thank you for all of the suggestions! I guess my thread title was a bit misleading. I'm going to be cannibalizing my boyfriend's machine for some of the parts, so that $710 price tag is going mostly towards the graphics card, ram, and SSD. c:

I know the saying goes "you get what you pay for," but is the 3820 a significant step up from the 2600k as far as real-world performance goes?
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Intel Q8400 Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P EVGA 9800GTX+ 2 x 2GB Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 
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500GB WD Caviar Black Windows 7 Pro 64-bit Filco Majestouch "Otaku" Tactile Click Corsair 520 HX 
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post #10 of 23
Considering what you already have, it will last you for more than 5 years.
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